So many people are asking us: What is a ‘Gua Sha’? Is it a person, place or thing?!
First off, it’s a ‘thing’. It’s a polished piece of crystal, typically quartz or jade, intended to touch, sweep and glide across areas of the face. A gua sha (pronounced gwa shah) is part of a 2,000 year Chinese ritual, not dissimilar from acupressure, that recognizes that the skin we see above is directly impacted by the health of the skin and lymphatic and circulatory systems below. The word gua actually means to “scrape” technically in Chinese but don’t worry; this is the most gentle and easy-to-do facial health technique we’ve ever experienced. No needles, no lasers, no acids, no doctors - just you and a beautiful crystal.
The benefits are amazing. With a one-to-two minute series of massage like strokes across the face, eyes and neck, we can gift ourselves a ton of benefits:
Long, ancient story short … your skin will look firmer, smoother and glowier. It’s not hard to do, many people find themselves gua sha-ing while unwinding with a book or watching their fave new show.
Our Ten Step Gua Sha Ritual
The wonderful thing about the gua sha stone ritual, is that it’s ultimately so easy to do. You can do it once a week or every day. There is absolutely no right or wrong. The above Ten Step Ritual technique can be adjusted as you see fit for yourself.
Try using different sides of the stone or doing 10 strokes on each part of the face. Or doing the entire technique in reverse order (except for Step 10 – which should always be the finishing touch!) It’s so soothing and how great does it feel to know that you are draining away stagnant, sluggish lymphatic waste – and allowing your body’s natural skin health to re-assert itself.
At Caire, we chose rose quartz as our first gua sha stone because rose quartz as a crystal is known for unconditional love and its ability to attract love, and well, doesn’t love make the world go round?
We look forward to hearing about your gua sha experiences.
Read more about the benefits of a Gua Sha from the NY Times in this article "Can You Give Yourself an At-Home Face-Lift? Emphatically no, say experts — but there are things you can do to make your skin look better."
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